#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

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First, this week’s winners: Janet Hurt and Bonnie Kewitsch.  Each will receive an autographed book from yours truly.  There is also a new contest running; as usual, all you need to do is comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and announced on the blog.  

Some of you will recall my mentioning my goal of doing at least one new thing, large or small, for each month of the coming year.  I’ve set aside a special place in my bullet journal to record the results, and, so far anyway, I have one entry for January.  Last Tuesday evening, for the first time in my life, I made yogurt.  (No, yogurt isn’t Paleo and yes, I eat it anyway.  As we all know, yogurt is good for a person as long as they’re aren’t lactose intolerant, which, thankfully, I’m not.)  My batch turned out so well–fresh is delicious–that I immediately geared up to make the Greek variety, and that, too, was a success.

The weather here in Spokane has been very snowy and very cold, and I’ve been confined to the house since I don’t like driving on slick roads.  I haven’t minded this much, as I’m so into NORTH OF EDEN.  I’ve been writing contemporary novels for so long, I’d almost forgotten what a pleasure it is to set a story in an earlier time period.  The Civil War, of course, has been a special interest of mine for many years, so that’s even better.

This past week, I’ve listened to several books, including THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen.  There were others, but since my policy is never, ever to criticize another writer’s work, I won’t mention the titles.  :)

Well, it’s the end of a fairly long day and, frankly, I’m pooped.  See you tomorrow. 

41 comments to “Back to the Blog”

  1. pat Dennis
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:24 pm · Link

    The weather is really wonky this year. Here in Florida we had highs of 80’s then tornado warnings!! Can’t wait for the Civil War books.

  2. Lynn Hogan
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:24 pm · Link

    Good for you!!! Productive and creative!! You go girl!!

  3. Marjorie Hawkins
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I joined Weight Watchers on Jan 1st. and I’ve lost 16 lbs. so far. I work out at a gym 4 mornings a week and I’m 73 years old!! I feel better than I did several years ago and love being around the younger people and they all make me feel welcome. My goal for this year, besides losing weight and reading books, is to make a quilt for my 16 year old granddaughter. I also plan to make quilts for my youngest grandchildren but that will probably be next Winter. We’ve had some snow in S. Carolina and some bad weather, but mostly have had good days. I love your blob.

  4. Marilyn Fish
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:28 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I too have been house bound here in Reno,Nv because of snow and ice. I have been painting heart designs on various sizes and shapes of river rocks. It is so much fun creating different designs in different colors. I will give them away to friends.

  5. Marjorie Hawkins
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I meant Blog, nob blob!!

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! Linda you are such a smart lady, and all the things that you do, no wonder you are pooped. Do you ever slow down??

  7. Terri Shortell
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:39 pm · Link

    I’ve read articles about making yogurt but I haven’t tried it yet. Glad you enjoyed making it.

  8. Virginia Horton
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Here we are still having rain and lots of it. Tempts in the 40’sto 50’s very odd. The rain is suppose to bring in the cold by end of the week. I would rather have the rain then the snow. Seems like I have been sick since Christmas. First it was my back then it was stomach and have had test run on it. Then it was bronchitis it took about two weeks to get over that and then stomach again. In the mean time I am trying to make a baby quilt which I did get a lot done on it today. With no sun you hate to get out at all.

  9. Billiesue Sanders
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Good to hear from you, Linda. Looking forward to watching the Super Bowl with my grandson.
    Take care.

  10. Teresa F
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:58 pm · Link

    My day started with a trip to take my dad to ER where he was diagnosed with pneumonia – however, not bad enough to keep him – so then to set up food, and someone to check on him tonight before bed – yeah been rough – but alas tomorrow is another day for a fresh start

  11. Evelyn Baldwin
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Thank you for taking time out for your blog! God Bless, Evelyn

  12. Leanna
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 9:16 pm · Link

    I would love to make my own yogurt.

  13. Barbara Kennicutt
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Just wanted you to know that I just finished the series “Brides of Bliss County” all four books were great loved them all. Love to start on the first one and be able to continue to the last one. Keep up the good work. Would love to win one your books. From a loyal fan Barbara

  14. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Have a great week!!!

  15. Edna Dutra
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 pm · Link

    No snow here on Cape Cod at the moment. Thank goodness. I stay inside when it’s real bad, too.
    I’ve been reading Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series for the past two weeks. Great stuff. Feels like I’ve been visiting friends up there for a while.
    Enjoy your blog. Thanks for the update!

  16. midge watkins
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Write faster, please. I Can’t wait for the “North of Eden” series.
    I’m just finishing up another Civil War novel; “Daughter of the
    Regiment” by Stephanie Grace Whitson. Good characters and
    a page turner. I’m getting pretty tired of the dirty snow and
    ice, but Mater, my cat, loves the fact that he can walk on top of
    it now. Had a big moose in my yard yesterday. Take care.

  17. Melaine
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 10:41 pm · Link

    I’ve tried the audio books, but just can’t seem to get into them. I feel like so much of the story is left out, details that I find important in my imagining “the lay of the land”. But, I have friends that only use audio books. As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.

    Have a great week, Linda.

  18. Marcia White
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 10:54 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your blog and love your books. I can’t wait for the Civil War book. We are getting sleet here in north central MA tonight, perhaps changing to rain later. Very slippery, so I too stay in. There is always a book to be read. lol

  19. Dawn Roberts
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 11:08 pm · Link

    My mother had a yogurt maker and I remember it was wonderful, but she was a working mom, with lots of activities she didn’t always have the time.

  20. Elaine Key
      · January 23rd, 2017 at 11:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations on learning to make yogurt.

    The weather in TN is crazy. Last week the weather was in the high 60’s and 70’s. This week we are in the 40’s. We’ve had some snow but not much and it melted by the next day. Also, we have seen very little sun for the past three weeks. These cloudy days make me want to sleep all day.

    Keep on writing. Be glad when we can read North of Eden.

  21. Eriko
      · January 24th, 2017 at 12:09 am · Link

    Great goal ! I always look forward to your inspirational blog!

  22. Caryn Horn
      · January 24th, 2017 at 1:48 am · Link

    I know what you’re saying about the snow. I lived in the Midwest for 10 years so I learned how to drive in it. Unfortunately I live on the west side where so many here were born and raised. And they don’t know how to drive in it! So I too stay off the roads when it snows! But I bake!

  23. Peggy E Casey
      · January 24th, 2017 at 2:26 am · Link

    I don’t know about you, but I have been so happy for the sunshine and even the rain…. anything to bring spring weather along and get rid of all this snow~

  24. JoAnn Baker
      · January 24th, 2017 at 6:10 am · Link

    Linda. Good fjor you making yogurt. !I’ve the stuff.
    How do you make it? Have a good winter! Talk about a challenge, I have 5 family members living with me in a small 3becromm house. First time in 20 years someone has lived wit me. There house will be done in about a month. Love them but can’t be fast enough. :oops:

  25. DONNA
      · January 24th, 2017 at 8:13 am · Link

    I am glad no major snow storms here in NJ. Lot of rain lately. Warm some days cooler or colder some days. Keep the books coming!!

  26. Ann Bartholomew
      · January 24th, 2017 at 8:43 am · Link

    The Pacific NW has been getting all the snow – good or bad – and KY is much warmer than normal. We’re just looking forward to sunshine soon. I’m glad the up side to the snow is your writing time. I have loved your period pieces: Fletcher’s Woman, the Corbins, McKettricks, Bridegroom, and Miranda from the Springwater books to name a few. North of Eden will be added to my list, I’m sure.

  27. Susan Craig
      · January 24th, 2017 at 9:10 am · Link

    It has been warm here but that could change any moment. We have daffodils beginning to peak their leaves up – come on spring!

  28. Lois Rotella
      · January 24th, 2017 at 10:51 am · Link

    I have tried yogurt but I don’t like the taste. Oh well such is life. We in the east are not having much snow so far but the winter is not over yet. The one thing I miss in the winter is sunshine. It is more cloudy then any other time of the year. I can’t change that but I miss it. Been crocheting a baby blanket for the up coming birth of my great great nephew. I hope he and his parents like what I have done. Have a great week.

  29. Dorothy Hilton
      · January 24th, 2017 at 11:05 am · Link

    Hi Linda, glad to hear from you. Our weather here in Virginia has been really odd. One day it’s been iin the sixties and the next day iit’s snowing. Can’t wait for North of Eden to come out. Have a great week. Dorothy

  30. Trudy M Ray
      · January 24th, 2017 at 12:08 pm · Link

    In reference to your comment about writing of an earlier time period . . . I love your books but my favourites are the earlier ones, in particular the early McKettrick books and the early Stone Creek books. I learned things from them about how people lived then and that was wonderful. My very favourite of all is “A Lawman’s Christmas” probably because I would have loved to have a man with those attributes in my life.

  31. Janet Hurt
      · January 24th, 2017 at 12:16 pm · Link

    I was so excited to learn I was this week’s winner! Thank you so much! I look forward to my autographed copy of one of your books! Jan Hurt

  32. Linda Beaudoin
      · January 24th, 2017 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I wish I could eat yogurt. I have acid reflux and yogurt is too acidic for my stomach.

    Can’t wait for North of Eden to come out.

  33. Tammy Carter
      · January 24th, 2017 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Yogurt, wow it is like a new adventure in food every week. Now I need to research that. I have never even thought of making my own. I bet my kids would love it. You are always an inspiration!

  34. Diana E.
      · January 24th, 2017 at 5:58 pm · Link

    All our snow and ice is gone now, thank goodness but we had a frost last night. I was so glad to see my local BiMart selling Primroses yesterday, I had to buy three! So pretty and springy.
    Have a great day, Linda. Blessings.

  35. Rita Crofoot
      · January 24th, 2017 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Yes Linda, I too am pretty much confined to the house by our Spokane weather, I don’t like slick roads, either, actually my car is in the shop right now, due to a slide into a ice berm. Finally getting an old fashioned winter here in the northwest, but not complaining after seeing what other folks are dealing with in other parts of the county. My heart goes out to all those effected.

  36. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · January 24th, 2017 at 10:14 pm · Link

    Hi: We have the cold but not the snow here in Clovis, CA where during the summer is usually over a 100 degrees. A few years back i read one of your books (that started a series) (I believe it was the McKettrick series) that had to do with old west. Got so hooked on it that that traveled into the Montana Creeds & so on. Wasn’t much on history but husband was. You pick up things along way so now at point that i am looking forward to your Civil War series. Janet Dailey is another that has done old west series such as the Calder series. Don’t like those icy roads either so taking the safe way out is always good. Wishing you & your 4 legged friends the best. I would bet they like having you home. Always, Jo Ann

  37. Dotty
      · January 25th, 2017 at 11:11 am · Link

    did you get to read he Killer Angels

  38. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · January 25th, 2017 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Ma. Miller,
    My book is a feee download if you have Kindle Unlimited I’d love for you to read it. While it isn’t quite as good as yours, it is my first foray in publishing.
    Most sincerely,

  39. Linda
      · January 26th, 2017 at 5:53 am · Link

    Just read both Monday and Wednesday posts.

    Very enjoyable, love homemade yogurt and related to the dogs barking at something.

    We had a skunk come visit us right up to the deck. Not sure why, but his guy has been bothering us since before Christmas. Got the dogs once, but guess he is no longer scared of them cause he didn’t spray on Monday night.

    We set a trap last night, but didn’t get him.

  40. Sharon Sovereign
      · January 26th, 2017 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Sorry about your slick roads. It’s cold here but no moisture. I don’t like icy roads either.

  41. Joyce Thomas
      · January 30th, 2017 at 12:51 pm · Link

    I’m an avid reader of anything that has to do with the Civil War. Can’t wait for your take on it!

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